March 27, 2023

Five ways to strengthen board decision-making and benefit from the recent strug

March 24, 2023

Managing risk requires compliance program evaluation, thorough audits and a cle

March 23, 2023

My Board Journey

March 22, 2023

Investors are showing no hesitancy to object to nonpreferred pay decisions and

March 16, 2023

A new report finds CEO and CFO base salaries increasing but bonuses on the decl

March 14, 2023

What Directors are Thinking

March 9, 2023

With more than half of companies failing to plan for CEO succession, the topic

March 9, 2023

To contribute effectively during economic uncertainty, directors need candor, c

Kim Van Der Zon

The growing focus on board composition is a positive development in corporate governance, but board composition also has provided activist investors with another powerful potential lever by which they can attempt to wrest control of companies in their sights. Agree or disagree?

Kim Van Der Zon, based in New York, leads Egon Zehnder’s US Board Consulting Practice, advising across all industries, from Fortune 500 through to private equity. She provides counsel in regard to board composition, board succession planning, and board assessments, and is frequently engaged by boards for CEO searches. Kim also advises companies on forming new boards in preparation for IPOs and spin-outs, and advises in activist situations.  Prior to joining Egon Zehnder, Kim held senior management roles with Procter & Gamble, The Bank of Montreal, and Labatt Breweries (now AB InBev).  Kim earned an Honors Bachelor of Business from Wilfrid Laurier University in Canada, and an MBA from the University of Toronto.

Contributing from day one


Getting ready to serve on a board begins with one’s own career performance and planning; but it doesn’t stop there. Success as a board member starts from the day you get an invitation to join. Here are tips for doing a good job as a director, from day one:

Nancy Calderon (at left) is a global lead partner at KPMG LLP and a senior advisor to the KPMG Audit Committee Institute. Susan Stautberg is the CEO, co-founder and co-chair of WomenCorporateDirectors ( This article is an excerpt from their new book, Women on Board: Insider Secrets to Getting on a Board and Succeeding as a Director, copyright ©2014 KPMG LLP and Susan Stautberg.

Women on Board is available in both electronic and print format. For information contact Temin and Company at or Bridget Carroll of KPMG at 

Board evolution: 'A new way to frame board succession


John T. Thompson is a vice chairman with Heidrick & Struggles ( and is recognized as one of the most respected advisers to boards and CEOs in the nation. Michael Nieset is a partner with Heidrick & Struggles and a member of the CEO & Board Services and the Global Technology practices. Natalia Rodriguez, an associate with the firm, assisted in the preparation of this article. 

The authors can be contacted at and

Book it: Best bets 'for board reading

My game changer 

From iCompete by John T. Hewitt. Copyright ©2015 by JTH Publishing LLC. Published by A Book’s Mind (

How a skilled board 'should manage an 'internal investigation


Paula Anderson and Claudius Sokenu are partners in the Litigation Group of law firm Shearman & Sterling LLP ( Anderson’s practice includes Foreign Corrupt Practices Act investigations, cross-border disputes, and M&A-related litigation. She regularly advises boards on compliance and corporate governance matters. Sokenu, a former Senior Counsel with the SEC’s Enforcement Division, has extensive experience handling matters requiring concurrent representation in the civil, criminal and political spheres. Jeremy Fancher, an associate with the firm, assisted in the development of this article.

The authors can be contacted at and

The Directors & Boards Survey: 2015 Proxy Season and Shareholder Relations Survey


A key focus of this year’s survey on shareholder relations and annual meetings was on the importance of proxy proposals to the overall governance process. And our director respondents tended to reflect three board categories of response.  

Many told us that such proxy proposals were not important at all to the overall governance process because the proxy proposals they have received were off the mark.

Women on private boards: Family companies lead the way

Research has shown that board diversity enhances corporate performance, and failing to address the gender gap can have both economic and cultural consequences. However, in most companies, both public and private, women directors remain remarkably underrepresented. While there is generally good data on boardroom diversity for public companies, there is still little to be found on how private company boards are addressing the gender gap. 

Bernie Tenenbaum is managing partner of Lodestone Global (, a firm that provides strategic guidance to chief executives of private and family-controlled enterprises considering forming or adding members to a fiduciary or advisory board. He can be contacted at William Tenenbaum, lead associate of Lodestone Global, provided research assistance.

Gender balance on boards: Five steps 'to achieve success


Janice Ellig (at left) is co-CEO of Chadick Ellig, an executive search firm based in New York City ( She focuses her practice on the recruitment of board directors, C-suite executives and divisional heads. Ilene H. Lang is a pioneering high-tech Internet executive and the former president and CEO of Catalyst, the research and advisory organization that seeks to advance women into business leadership (

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Bridging technology '(not generation) 'gaps in the boardroom


Technology gaps can exist in the boardroom when some, but not all, directors who serve on a common board are willing to change their personal practices and adopt new technology. These gaps can be intractable, meaning that a director is unwavering in his or her preference to continue to use printed board materials, or the gaps can be temporary, in that directors often adapt to new technology and new practices at different paces.

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Recruiting the younger director: 5 practices to increase your odds of success

Boardrooms have long been the domain of executives in their 50s, 60s — and even 70s, now that more boards are loosening mandatory retirement limits. But many boards are also electing directors in their early 30s — very often younger entrepreneurs who are the leading lights of digital transformation. Competition for these younger directors is fierce because of the experience and perspective they bring regarding the forces shaping the economy. But recruiting them also brings risks because of differences in generational perspectives and expectations. 

Kim Van Der Zon leads the U.S. Board Practice at global executive search firm Egon Zehnder and is based in New York. She can be contacted at